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Agrifood Research Methods KLA439


This unit is classed as a restricted unit and available to Master of Applied Science students.


This unit is about modern statistics, data-science and critical thinking within the context of agri-food research. Students learn the following things. Firstly, to combine statistical analysis, probability reasoning and substantive scientific hypotheses. Secondly, to use a computer to properly analyse data and present empirical results (which entails going beyond Microsoft Excel). Thirdly, to make justifiable and reproducible inferences using background knowledge and real agri-food data from TIAs current research. Fourthly, to plan for the coherent structuring and analysis of data in their own future agri-food studies and industry-based careers.


Unit name Agrifood Research Methods
Unit code KLA439
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Professor Alistair Gracie|Doctor Ian Hunt
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse agri-food sample sets using a computer.
  • Discuss the relationship between statistical analysis and applied probability reasoning.
  • Develop justifiable and reproducible inferences by combining data and background knowledge from real agri-food research.
  • Design, implement and communicate empirical investigations used in agri-food studies and real-world applications.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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Teaching Pattern

Two hours of online lectures per week and two hours of in-person tutorials per week.

AssessmentSummary of journal article (5%)|Final Exam (40%)|Getting a handle on R (15%)|Statistical inference, probability and agri-food samples (20%)|Real data analysis and result communication (20%)
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"The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data" by David Spiegelhalter.  One chapter per week is required to be read from this book.  The contents of this book set the pace for the whole course. 

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